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Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and Chorus in concert April 25

ISSUED: 13 April 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and Chorus in concert April 25)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division will present the Shepherd Preparatory Chorus in concert along with the Preparatory Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble in the Frank Center Theater on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The Shepherd Preparatory Chorus, under the direction of Dr. David Gonzol, assistant professor and director of music education at Shepherd, will sing God Save the Queen, Pretty Little Baby, Orff Schulwerk's Boomfallera, George and Ira Gershwin's Love is Here to Stay, and Ching A Ring Chaw.

The Shepherd Preparatory Chorus membership is comprised of male and female vocalists in grades three through eight, and meets Wednesday evenings throughout the school year in the Frank Center.

The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jeffry Newberger, will perform Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto, Movement 1 featuring Edward Yoon, Schubert's Symphony No. 8, and Copland's Hoedown from Rodeo. Assistant conductor Kari Edge will lead the Senior Orchestra in George Frideric Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks.

The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra is made up of elementary, middle, and high school wind and string students from Jefferson and Berkeley counties and Washington County, Maryland. The orchestra meets Wednesday evenings for rehearsals and presents two concerts during the school year. Enrollment is open and based on an audition process. Shepherd music faculty string coaches for the orchestra include Heather Austin Stone for violin, Kathy Shrader for viola, and Stephen Czarkowski for cello. Wind, percussion, and string players from Shepherd also participate in the orchestra.

General admission to the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and Children's Chorus concert is $5, and free for Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders.

For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit


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